Counting the Stars 19# and Reviews

Counting the Stars

counting the stars

Counting the Stars is a meme hosted here at Bookcomet! This meme allows you to display what books you have gained in the last week! Feel free to join.

The rules:

  • Post a sticker – whether it be mine or your own (provided it has Counting the Stars on it)
  • Either a) leave a link to your post in the comments below or b) tell me your answers in the comments – either is fine!
  • Try to post titles under at least a few of the catergories below

Books I bought:

Gifted:

Won:

For review:

  • Aberrant by Ruth SilverAberrant (Aberrant #1)
  • Spellbound and the Determined by Dax VarleySpellbound and Determined
  • Notable by Marni BatesNotable (Awkward, #3)
  • The Iron Bells by Jeanette BattistaThe Iron Bells (The Demon's Gate, #1)
  • Released by Mia FoxReleased (Romani Realms, #1)

Read:

  • Thin Space by Jody CasellaThin Space
  • Girl in Motion (book one in the Behind Barres omnibus) by Miriam Wengis-LanderBehind Barres
  • Hidden Wings by Cameo RenaeHidden Wings (Hidden Wings, #1)
  • Codename: Dancer (book two in the Behind Barres omnibus) by Amanda BriceBehind Barres
  • Geek Girl by Holly SmaleGeek Girl (Geek Girl, #1)
  • Everlast by Andria BuchananEverlast (The Chronicles of Nerissette, #1)
  • Chasers by James PhelanChasers (Alone, #1)

Library:

To be read:

  • The Queen Bee of Bridgetown (book three in the Behind Barres omnibus) by Leslie DuBoisBehind Barres
  • This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. SmithThis Is What Happy Looks Like
  • Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff HartEat, Brains, Love
  • Skulk by Rosie BestSkulk

Currently reading:

  • Not Pretty Enough by Jaimie AdmansNot Pretty Enough

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 Everlast by Andria Buchanan

Everlast (The Chronicles of Nerissette, #1)

Publication date: September 1st 2013

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Number of pages: 326

Series: The Chronicles of Nerissette (1#)

Source: From the publisher for the review. This is my honest opnion.

Date finished: 14th September 2013

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 Goodreads synopsis:

Allie Munroe has only ever wanted to belong, maybe even be well liked. But even though she’s nice and smart and has a couple of friends, she’s still pretty much the invisible girl at school. So when the chance to work with her friends and some of the popular kids on an English project comes up, Allie jumps at the chance to be noticed. And her plan would have worked out just fine…if they hadn’t been sucked into a magical realm through a dusty old book of fairy tales in the middle of the library. Now, Allie and her classmates are stuck in Nerissette, a world where karma rules and your social status is determined by what you deserve. Which makes a misfit like Allie the Crown Princess, and her archrival the scullery maid. And the only way out is for Allie to rally and lead the people of Nerissette against the evil forces that threaten their very existence.

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  Review:

For me, my review of Everlast is going to be very difficult to write. It wasn’t really for me but there were a few things that I did like.

Pros:
– There were some quirky lines
.- The idea was pretty good, I mean, you are ranked as you deserve!
– The protagonist, Allie, was likeable and I enjoyed reading about her.
– Even though Allie was queen, the power didn’t go straight to her head.
– Didn’t expect the ending.

Cons:
– I really couldn’t get into the story.
– I got a little bit confused.
– I wanted to know a little bit of backstory for the characters so that I could understand them better.

I love the cover, it’s so pretty! I feel as though it really captures what the book is about.

I would recommend Everlast to middle grade readers and possibly teens. It had a good story line and I quite liked it.

  3/5 stars!

Add Everlast to Goodreads

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Goodreads author bio:

Andria BuchananPatricia’s a small town girl who was blessed with a large tree in the backyard that was a perfect spot for reading on summer days. Mixed with too much imagination it made her a bratty child but fated her to become a storyteller. After a stint of “thinking practically” in her twenties she earned degrees in Business and Economics and worked for a software firm in southwestern Germany but, her passion has always been a good book. She currently lives in Pittsburgh with her two wonderful kids and a husband that learned the gourmet art of frozen pizzas to give her more time to write. When she’s not writing she can be found fencing and arguing with her dogs about plot points. Most days the Beagle wins but the Dalmatian is in close second. She’s in a distant third. Patricia writes adult Paranormal under the name Patricia Eimer and writes Young Adult books under the name Andria Buchanan.

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Chasers by James Phelan

Chasers (Alone, #1)

Publication date: May 27th 2010 (first published)

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.

Number of pages: 247

Series: Alone (1#)

Source: Borrowed

Date finished: 15th September 2013

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 Goodreads synopsis:

The trip of a lifetime just turned into the end of the world.

When Jesse crawls out of the wreckage of a subway car and emerges into daylight, he’s greeted by a living nightmare. An unexplained force has destroyed New York City, turning skyscrapers into ash, cutting off all power and communication. Jesse and his new friends, Dave, Anna and Mini are dazed but unhurt. The other survivors are not so lucky. Every human being they encounter is infected, gripped by an unquenchable thirst that drives them to monstrous acts of violence.

Somehow, Jesse has to escape. But first, he has to stay alive.

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  Review:

Chasers could have easily have earned a five star rating from me. Easily. But there was one thing that really, really bugged me.

The edition that I read had NO SPEECH MARKS. That’s a major thing for me. I am seriously big on grammar, so that kind of thing really, really annoyed me. It also became really difficult to distinguish speech from non-speech.

However, what I DID like was all the action. I was into the book on the first page! That’s pretty rare for me, it usually takes me at least a chapter. I also adored that the main characrer was from Australia! We do not have enough of them.

Chasers was really easy to read, it went very quickly for me. I read a little before bed and then finished it pretty much straight away in the morning. But that’s what happens when you get an action packed book like Chasers, you just can’t turn the pages fast enough. However, I was a little confused at the ending because it went a little too fast.

I loved the story and can’t wait to find out what happens. If I hadn’t have received the third book for review I probably wouldn’t have heard about this one. I am so glad about both of those things though. In other words, I will be continuing this series and I sure do urge you to as well!

4/5 stars!

Add Chasers to Goodreads

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 Goodreads author bio:

James  PhelanJames Phelan was born on the 21st of May, 1979, in Melbourne, Australia. His creative spirit was nurtured from a young age, and he credits his overactive imagination to being exposed to authors such as Roald Dahl and Paul Jennings, as well as such works as The Hobbit, Treasure Island, The Jungle Book, Tales of the Punjab, Siddhartha, and The Little Prince.
As a teenager James discovered a love of geo-political thrillers, of being entertained and informed on topical global events. James cites influences on the Fox series from reading such authors as Alistair MacLean, Clive Cussler, Jeffery Archer, Ken Follett, Tom Clancy, Jack Higgins, Robert Ludlum, John le Carre, Ian Fleming, and Jeffery Deaver.
In 1995, aged fifteen, James started his first novel, which he went on to develop as part of his major VCE English assignment in 1996. A thriller involving a terrorist attack on the 2000 Sydney Olympics, James eventually abandoned the storyline when Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six was published in 1998. While this story idea died, the lead protagonists of Lachlan Fox and Alister Gammaldi lived on as James went in search of another introductory tale for these series characters.
After high school James went on to study in Architecture, and then English Literature, eventually graduating with a PhD in Writing. It was during his masters degree and while working at The Age newspaper James developed the idea that would become his first published book, and would lead to seeing his novels in print.

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One thought on “Counting the Stars 19# and Reviews

  1. I’m definitely interested in reading what you have to say about Aberrant! I have heard so many amazing things about this book, and I even have a copy waiting for review. It definitely sounds like an epic dystopian read 😀

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